Aspen panorama, taken along the Colorado Trail near the South Mt
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It’s that time of year, folks! Starbucks is rolling out their pumpkin spice and salted caramel lattes, there’s a nip in the air, everything is slowly dying around you and you have to convince your boyfriend to stop wearing flip flops. Can you smell it? It’s AUTUMN! I may be biased because fall is my second favorite season (right behind summer of course), but when I think of fall I get the warm fuzzies. It may be the sweaters. It may be the hot chocolate. It may be the warm nights by the fire. It may be pumpkin flavored everything. (It also may be a break from sweltering heat.) Whatever it is, I always get excited to go apple picking, bake pecan/apple/pumpkin pies, break out my sweaters and watch the leaves change to a beautiful rainbow of colors. It’s simply magical.

However, watching the leaves change isn’t a simple feat! You can’t just mozy on out into nature and demand golden and red hues before your mortal eyes! It’s an art! A science! But fear not, we have the best places already picked out for you. They’re mostly in the north east (because we have seasons thatĀ someĀ states lack–I’m looking at you California and Florida. Hawaii and Alaska don’t even count) but we’ve tried to include an array of choices from all four corners of the states.

We also recommend that before you go, check the peak leaf changing times. Also you should pack an adorable seasonal picnic filled with pie and squash and cider. Yum!

1. The Great Smokey Mountains – North Carolina & Tennessee

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Gabbi Ewing is a rising junior studying Journalism as well as Film & Television at NYU. She is a New Jersey native who enjoys traveling, writing, skiing, and swimming. She hopes to travel the world, but her next adventure is taking her to Sydney, Australia to study with NYU. She aspires to work for National Geographic or Discovery Channel and to use her film, photography and writing skills to help people experience new cultures and places that they don't have the opportunity to travel to themselves.

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